How to Handle a Meat Aversion During Pregnancy

Pregnant women are known for their cravings. Whether it’s something common like a flavor of ice cream you just have to have at 11:00 pm on a Tuesday evening or something less common like the stereotypical pickles and ice-cream combo people have been making jokes about for ages, most women experience some sort of cravings during pregnancy. Just as common as cravings, but less discussed, are aversions. 

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A pregnancy aversion is a sudden and strong dislike of something, often to the point that whatever it is makes the sufferer feel nauseous.

One common, but tricky to deal with pregnancy aversion is an aversion to meat. While those who are vegetarians or vegans in their everyday life are used to balancing their diet without meat, those who typically eat meat might find themselves lacking in some important nutrients if they stop eating meat without adjusting the rest of their diet.

If you’re pregnant and the idea of eating meat makes you feel absolutely sick, check out the tips below for how to handle your meat aversion. 

Let your partner know

Letting your partner know about your aversion is an important first step in helping you get what you need during pregnancy, especially if they routinely cook or prepare food for you. Let them know that you won’t be eating meat for the next few months and then work together to brainstorm some other meal ideas that will make you both happy. 

Get protein another way

If you’re used to eating meat, you might find that your diet is seriously lacking in protein once you take meat off the menu. Instead of forcing yourself to eat meat even when it makes you feel sick, do your best to get protein in other ways for the remainder of your pregnancy. Eggs, nuts, nut butter, oats, and cheese are all good sources of protein that you can eat even when you’re not eating meat. 

Talk to your doctor or midwife 

It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor or midwife about changes in your diet but when that chance is as drastic as switching from a meat-eating to a vegetarian diet, you’ll really want to loop them in. Your doctor or midwife can give you good advice about your diet as well as help ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need to grow a healthy baby.

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Try again after pregnancy 

Just because you don’t eat meat during your pregnancy doesn't mean you’ll never eat meat again. While a diet low in meat has many benefits you might find yourself missing meat even as you feel averse to it.

Know that your tastes may change again after pregnancy and it's possible you'll find yourself happily eating meat again. 

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How to Handle a Meat Aversion During Pregnancy

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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